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LAPD Reminds People of Special Order 40 as May Day Preparations are Made

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck yesterday emphasized that immigration status, in itself, is not a matter for police action. That directive comes under the controversial Special Order 40, which has been around since 1979, and is the opposite of Arizona's recently passed SB 1070.

“If there is ever a segment of the population who have reason to fear the police, crimes against people in that group will go unreported," Beck said. "And when that happens, we are all at increased risk. When a criminal element begins to leverage a fear of the police for their own advantage, the negative affect is multiplied.”

Meanwhile, preparations are underway for a handful of marches, mainly one in downtown Los Angeles that is expected to turn out around 100,000 people. Beck said his department is ready for a peaceful day. “We have been planning for May Day for several months, including ongoing dialogue with event organizers. May Day is a City wide maximum deployment day, which simply means, fewer LAPD officers will have Saturday off.”

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